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Friday, April 26, 2013

What Do You Think of the New $100 Bill?

Posted by on Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 2:30 PM

This is a screenshot of a sample of the new $100 bill, which enters circulation on October 8th of this year:


It's supposedly the best anti-counterfeiting money yet. You can investigate the security features of the new $100 bill over at

Years ago when the new twenties were first introduced, I was standing in line at a checks cashed place, and the man at the front of the line absolutely refused to get paid out in new twenties. He demanded that the teller look through the till and give him only the old twenties. "I don't want any of that Monopoly money bullshit," the man proudly told the long line of people behind him. I still think of this guy pretty often; I wonder if he's still enforcing that policy, now that virtually all the money has changed over to the big-head style. And I know that if this guy is still frequenting checks-cashed places, he's going to refuse this new $100. But what do you think?


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Fnarf 1
It should be made out of plastic, dammit.
Posted by Fnarf on April 26, 2013 at 2:38 PM · Report this
Ben Franklin looks nauseous.
Posted by DOUG. on April 26, 2013 at 2:43 PM · Report this
"checks-cashed places"? Do you mean a bank, or would you like to confess to visiting a House of Payday Loans?
Posted by jasonsewall on April 26, 2013 at 2:43 PM · Report this
NotSean 4
Links to Flash-dependant sites suck.
Posted by NotSean on April 26, 2013 at 2:45 PM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 5
What's that line of code running down the middle? Are we in The Matrix?

I give this an awkwardly-placed inkwell out of ten.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on April 26, 2013 at 2:47 PM · Report this
Sir Vic 6
Does the stripe down the center turn red when exposed to levamisole?
Posted by Sir Vic on April 26, 2013 at 2:50 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 7
this is disgusting.

Even if it's mostly for Russians trying to get money they stole out of Russia.

You want a real $100 or $200 bill - look at the new designs Canada has!
Posted by Will in Seattle on April 26, 2013 at 2:52 PM · Report this
Banna 8
The best anti-counterfeiting bill in the world won't do any good if we don't stop accepting old bills.
Posted by Banna on April 26, 2013 at 2:54 PM · Report this
The new 100 bill reminds me of the Hungarian postage stamps I collected as a child.

Next our money will be total worldified with pictures of birds and flowers.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on April 26, 2013 at 2:58 PM · Report this
Mattini 10
I kind of love it. Bold portrait that includes the shoulders and comes down over the bottom border. I like the quill too. Is that a little liberty bell on the inkwell? Come on. That's darling. It beats bald eagle clip art that I'm sure was passed around at their design meetings.
Posted by Mattini on April 26, 2013 at 3:06 PM · Report this
Simply Me 11
Why is he being stabbed in the neck with a feather?
Posted by Simply Me on April 26, 2013 at 3:06 PM · Report this
@10: " It beats bald eagle clip art"

Ugly snort-laugh.
Posted by MLM on April 26, 2013 at 3:08 PM · Report this
Dougsf 13
If Ben Franklin had been a professional skateboarder in 1986, this would have been his graphic.
Posted by Dougsf on April 26, 2013 at 3:10 PM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 14
I like the new Winston Churchill £5 note better. But it's OK I guess. I don't see very many $100 bills anyway.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on April 26, 2013 at 3:11 PM · Report this
@6 FTW

BTW, why does everyone feel the need to have an extreme reaction to new money designs? It's a fucking hundred dollar bill, who gives a fuck what it looks like? Look at Ben Franklin's face. He's exasperated with you for making such a big deal of it.
Posted by beef rallard on April 26, 2013 at 3:16 PM · Report this
@Banna the old ones are taken out of circulation pretty quickly. Paper bills just don't last that long. So if anyone shows up with a bunch of old bills, it's pretty obvious they're fake.

What we really need is polymer bills like Canada:…

We should introduce those, withdraw the dollar bill, add a dollar coin, and get rid of the penny.
Posted by arbeck on April 26, 2013 at 3:16 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 17
That man is probably paying for everything in ones and Indian-head pennies. The first time I encountered the new twenties, I was working at a hotel, and someone was paying a $200 charge with ten of the new bills. I sighed, realizing that if I had just been given the most ridiculous-looking forgery in the world, my crazy boss would try to take it out of my paycheck, but decided not to fight the guy about it.

@8 - The old bills will wear out and be removed from circulation. Eventually, it won't be an issue.
Posted by MacCrocodile on April 26, 2013 at 3:18 PM · Report this
All this resistance to the new bill is just racism. Against green people.
Posted by Minneapolitan on April 26, 2013 at 3:43 PM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 19
Poor Ben is sort of a bilious shade of green. That was okay when the whole bill was green, but now he's got a sickly green head on top of a purplish overcoat. In fact, the colors on the whole bill are a hideous travesty.

That said, I don't really care much. As long as the banks or gas stations take them if I ever happen to have one in my wallet, I'm fine. Maybe its sheer ugliness will reduce counterfeiting.
Posted by Reverse Polarity on April 26, 2013 at 3:51 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 20
So when do we get a new bill with President Clinton on it?
Posted by Will in Seattle on April 26, 2013 at 4:00 PM · Report this
Cascadian Bacon 21
At least it has the great Ben Franklin on the face, I was a bit worried that it would have a picture of current traitor and chief.

I though you quit in a cry baby fit of rage.
Posted by Cascadian Bacon on April 26, 2013 at 4:02 PM · Report this
can we at least get money that is different sizes for different amounts already? At least that way blind people wouldn't have to worry about getting ripped off. they can even keep our money butt-ugly if they want. And how about a $200 and $500 bill already?
Posted by high and bi on April 26, 2013 at 4:32 PM · Report this
Dade 24
Big head Franklin is fine, but I wish they'd ditch the MS Office "Word Art" typography. Bleck.
Posted by Dade on April 26, 2013 at 5:54 PM · Report this
Jubilation T. Cornball 25
@6 - Brilliant.
Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball on April 26, 2013 at 8:39 PM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 26
@21 That's "traitor-in-cheif," dimwit.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on April 26, 2013 at 8:45 PM · Report this
mr. herriman 28
all i know is i swoon every time i handle one of those newer tens. hamilton was a stone-cold fox. i take my time handing them over.
Posted by mr. herriman on April 28, 2013 at 12:11 AM · Report this
Dougsf 29
@28 - Not to be that guy, but the US didn't *exactly* issue $100,000 notes. They made a couple of gold certificates in the '30s, for use in the treasury, in that denomination, but the public never saw them.

What is an in argument in favor of issuing larger bills?
Posted by Dougsf on April 29, 2013 at 1:04 PM · Report this
We need to destroy the penny and all its adherents.
Posted by Joel_are on May 2, 2013 at 10:52 PM · Report this

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